Working Farms and Food


The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is trying to better understand the local beef economy in the Virginia Piedmont by teaming up with Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), a regional non-profit that encourages large institutions like hospitals and universities to purchase locally-raised beef.

The purpose of our study is to better understand beef production in the Piedmont and producers’ interest in connecting with a consistent wholesale market. To complement PEC's supply study, HCWH is doing a market demand study focused on hospitals and universities in our region. In the long-run, your responses could directly benefit your farm as well as the overall the economic viability of the beef production throughout the Piedmont region.

If you raise or sell beef, please consider taking 10 minutes to take our survey >>

If you have any questions, or would like a copy of the aggregated data, please email Jess Palmer, PEC's farm & food program coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

* The data from this survey will be studied collectively for statistical analysis. Individual farm responses will not be shared or published.


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